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Recommended Children’s Classic Reading List

Recommending Reading List of Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, and Fables


This children’s classic reading list includes some must-have selections for your home library. These are great read-aloud books for younger children and great independent reading for upper elementary. They are especially appropriate for 3rd-5th grade students who love a good adventure story!

While some many be leary of some of the themes and elements of some of the stories, we think they are important as part of a child’s knowledge of great books. What better way to strike up a conversation about reality and fantasy!

These stories have sparked the imagination of children for decades. We love these stories and think your family will enjoy them too!

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Recommending Reading List of  Children’s Classic Books:

206xNxchildrenclassicreadinglist.jpg.pagespeed.ic.PQ9hXQQgciAesop’s Fables, by Aesop

Fables, by Arnold Lobel

The Fisherman and His Wife, by Jacob Grimm, Farrar

Johnny Appleseed, retold and illustrated by Steven Kellogg

Llama and the Great Flood; a Folktale from Peru, by Ellen Alexander Mr. Yowder and the Train Robbers, by Glen Rounds

The Nutcracker Ballet, retold by Deborah Hautig

Paul Bunyan, retold and illustrated by Steven Kellogg

Pecos Bill, retold and illustrated by Steven Kellogg

Rapunzel by Brothers Grimm

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, translated by Noami Lewis

The Tale of Three Trees, retold by Anglea Elwell Hunt

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